Mar 4, 2019

Interview Transcript

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: A common misconception about colon cancer is that it only affects men. Well, that's not actually true. Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones, what should women know about colon cancer?

Dr. Jones: The important thing for women is to recognize that screening can actually save lives. It's important if you have a family history that you get screened early, before 50. But if you don't have a family history, you should still get screened with a colonoscopy at 50, and then sometime in your 60s and 70s. It's very important to recognize the signs, which means blood in your stool or a smaller caliber of your stool or having difficulty having a bowel movement. Most important thing is that screening and early detection saves lives and women. It's not a men's disease. It's a woman's disease too. Be sure to get screened.

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